TAMC and Airline Division make presentation at American Legion A&P credentialing meeting
Through the Teamsters Military Assistance Program; the Airline Division and The Aviation Mechanics Coalition were invited to make a presentation at the American Legion A & P Credentialing Round Table in Washington, DC on November 7, 2017. The roundtable discussion focused on the Aviation Mechanic shortage and how to facilitate the transition of separating Veterans into civilian aviation maintenance jobs.
The Round Table meeting was hosted by the American Legion and was attended by members of the TAMC and Airline Division as well as Soldier for Life, Community College of the Air Force, Department of Defense, Department of Labor and the Department of Education. Embry- Riddle University, Pratt and Whitney, Fed-Ex and Delta Airlines made presentations as well.
TAMC and the Airline Division engaged economist Dan Akins whose presentation provided real time information supporting our position that the Aviation Mechanic shortage is upon us and will grow exponentially over the next 20 years. TAMC also spotlighted the fact that the airline industry is losing veterans with this much needed training to other trades since there is currently no clear path for them to get into the airline industry.
The presentation centered around the shortage of mechanics as well as real workable solutions that will help encourage enlisted men and women document their time working in an Aviation Maintenance MOS so that they get credit towards the FAA A&P exam. The TAMC also provided input about apprenticeship programs and how a veterans MOS time should help them succeed in those programs and eventually lead to successful completion of the FAA exams.
These discussions are only the first steps in the development of programs that will provide a clear pathway for Military Aviation Maintainers to gain access to great civilian jobs. The Teamsters Airline Division and The Aviation Mechanics Coalition remain committed to making this happen.
In attendance for the Airline Division were, John Hennelly Local 455 TMAP, Col. Paul Alves (USAF-Ret.) and Chris Moore and Bob Fisher for the TAMC.
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